1898 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Puttenham

George Saintsbury, in A Short History of English Literature (1898) 306.



Puttenham, who quotes his own verse freely and seems to have written it fairly in the stiffer manner of the first half of the reign, is rather a formalist, but his judgment, when he can get it out of stays, is not contemptible. The book is very full, learned, and careful, the work of a scholar and a gentleman, and far exceeding in detail and scope anything of the kind that was written for ages afterwards.